Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Someone's One!

I don't know how it happened but Cedar is ONE YEAR OLD  today! Raising a puppy has made time speed up! It doesn't feel at all like he should be one!

Here he is, taken today on his walk.....as cute as ever!

And of course there was birthday hat torture! He wasn't loving it, but he was a good boy and kept the hat on for a few moments.

One of his gifts was a (replacement) piggy. He had one before that finally bit the dust a few weeks back. He was thrilled to get a new one!

Finally, a cake! It's very hard to resist a quick lick while the photos are taken!

Happy birthday little man! May you have many, many more!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Weekend Report - Retirement

It's been a very long time indeed since my last weekend report. We have attended a few agility trials over the summer and fall but not like past years. Wilson still comes along so it's only one day a weekend and not as often. It's a lot for him and I wouldn't want to over do it. Now, why I never reported on those trials is just the same ol', same ol'...I've been letting this blog slide. However, I did want to report on Jimmy's most recent trial because it is his last. At 11 and a half, he's beginning to show signs of aging. He has a hard time keeping the bars up and it seems his depth perception is causing it. He is also a bit hesitant getting on the contact equipment. Whether this is due to vision or a bit of arthritis, I'm not sure. His heart is definitely still in the game, but I just don't want to take any chances with him getting hurt so I made the tough decision to retire him this past weekend. After such a long and reasonably successful career together, it was a very emotional occasion. I shed quite a few tears knowing these were our last competition runs together. We will still play the game in lessons where Jimmy will be free to jump four inches and we can avoid the contact equipment.

The trial was at that farm I love so much in Reva, Va. It was a gorgeous day which helped ease the melancholy.

Of course I got video!

This is our Jumpers run and was a bar knocking disaster. It convinced me I was making the right decision.


Standard came next, and I almost thought we might run clean, but a bar after the weaves and also the very last jump both went down.

One of the really great things was that Wilson was along for the ride. He has been Jimmy's travel companion to each and every trial and he was there for the very last one. Look at that perfect blue-sky day!

I could not have asked for a better teammate. Jimmy loved the game as much as I did!


We celebrated our many years of fun with a cake that evening. I think the cake decorator's hand writing left something to be desired! LOL!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Just Jimmy

Jimmy tends to be camera-shy but the other day he gave me a few moments of attention and I snapped away........Hard to believe my sweet boy and long-time agility teammate is 11 and a half!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Menage A Trois!

Now that my naughty title has grabbed your attention, here's a photo from a walk this week. Wilson still accompanies us on the shorter works. He was pretty pleased with this outing. His health (and kidney failure) has slipped a bit recently so we are trying to enjoy all the good moments while we can. Wilson has really wowed my vets with how long he's kept going and what a hardy boy he is!

It is an optical illusion that makes Cedar look so huge. He's really only Jimmy's size and much smaller than Wilson.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

11 Months!

I forgot to post this on the 20th of the month....Cedar is 11 months old! The picture was taken on the day. Cedar is following in Wilson's footsteps and is being a good model!

Monday, October 8, 2018


I was out and about the other day with only Cedar along for the ride. I decided to stop at one of my favorite parks in Leesburg....Morven Park. I have photographed Jimmy and Wilson there several times and loved the photos.

On this occasion, Cedar really stepped up to the plate as far as being a model for me. He looked into the lens a lot of the time, and even when he didn't, I still liked the results. Despite being October, our leaves have not started to change yet. I am thinking it is a result of all this summer's endless rain. The photos look pretty summer-y......

Thursday, October 4, 2018

After Dinner Crazies!

The dogs are always frisky after a good meal. This is especially true of Cedar who is BURSTING with energy most of the day! Last night, he tried his darnedest to get Jimmy to chase him. He zoomed this way and that, until, at last, Jimmy took up the chase!!!

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